The magnificent Queen Victoria Building, or QVB for short, is an architectural delight that should not be missed during you visit to Sydney. It is definitely one of the most beautiful shopping centres in the world and stunning to say the least. The QVB was completed in 1898 in the midst of a severe recession. The intricate Romanesque architecture topped with a centre dome required the employment many skilled craftsmen who would otherwise have been out of work during this difficult time.
When it first opened the QVB housed a concert hall, offices, warehouse space and shop space for many different services and tradespeople. Eventually the Concert Hall was replaced by the City Library and then, after a major retrofit in the 1930's, Sydney's City Council became the primary tenant.
The building gradually became run down again over the years and there was even some consideration of demolition. Fortunately, through a partnership agreement the building was painstakingly restored again between 1984 and 1986 followed by another refurbishing in 2009 for a total investment of $134 million.
The Queen Victoria Building now has many boutique shops and services throughout it's 4 levels. Outside the south end of the building the Bicentennial Plaza features a statue of Queen Victoria and the Royal Wishing Well which raises funds to benefit children who are deaf or blind.
There are many more interesting features and details in this incredible and beautifully detailed building - too many to mention here. This is one shopping centre where you may want to bring your camera.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Queen Victoria Building SydneyFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Tuesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
- Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Category: Shopping Centers Landmarks & Historical Buildings
455 George St
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Phone: +61 2 9265 6800
Ernie H. Feb-09-2020
Gorgeous Victorian Architecture inside and out. Everything from the stained glass to the metal balustrades that line floors of this building shouts bygone... Read More
Joanna T. Oct-07-2019
Sydney kills it will these vintage arcades! We wandered over from the Strand to find the QV building was even bigger and more elaborate! Even if you're... Read More
Adrienne M. Jan-02-2020
Shop till you drop! The QVB is a "must visit" for any visitor to Sydney, especially if you like shopping. In addition, there are several small cafes where... Read More
Accommodations near Queen Victoria Building Sydney:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail L2||QVB||1 minute|
|T1, T2, T3 or T4||Town Hall||1 minute|
|T2, T3, or T8||St. James||3 minutes|
How to get to Queen Victoria Building Sydney by Train
By Light Rail L2: Exit at QVB which is right across the raod from the Queen Victoria Building.
By Train:Town Hall Station has a direct underground passage to the QVB (1 minute) or Exit St. James Station onto Elizabeth Street and cross over and continue west on Market Street (3 minutes).
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